Hike to Crabtree Falls

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Distance

2.4 miles

Elevation Gain

450 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Elyse Clark

Hike to an easily accessible 70' waterfall just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Starting from the old store parking area at MP 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, follow the trail through a meadow past the campground amphitheater. After crossing the paved road to the campground, the trail will come to a T-intersection. Take the trail to the right for the shortest way to the falls. 

The trail will descend steeply with a couple of switchbacks and some constructed stone steps. Soon you will begin to hear the roar of the falls. At the base of the falls there is a bridge crossing the river and some rocks to sit on. 

Once done exploring the falls, simply retrace your steps and follow the steep trail back up to the parking area. 

**This hike can also be done as a loop if you cross the bridge and continue on the trail. It is 1.6 miles from the falls back to the "T-intersection" described above. If you take the loop, then turn right back at the T to return to the old store parking lot. 

Campground info: https://www.nps.gov/blri/plany...

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7 months ago

Hype is real

These falls are beautiful, especially when the water is really flowing. Bring a wide angle lens and tripod to capture the drama of the flowing water from a low angle.

Amazing Falls

Did this one over the weekend - was an easy hike for the most part. The falls are an incredible payoff for the effort. If you choose not to do the full loop - it's all downhill to the falls and all uphill to the parking area. The trail is well maintained and well traveled. Really enjoyed the short down and back day hiking along the Blue Ridge.

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almost 3 years ago

Crabtree Falls

Beautiful falls not too far off the Parkway. Have been to these falls several times while living in WNC

Beautiful

If you are in the area, this is a must see. The hike in is pretty easy but if you follow the loop out it’s a pretty good uphill climb.

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over 3 years ago

Incredible!

Simply incredible! The most beautiful waterfall we've seen in the region thus far. ‬

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